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Date: 10/31/12 5:05 AM

Hi y'all,

New mom here. Just getting back into sewing for my baby boy and want to purchase a decent but affordable machine. Any advice?

Thanks! :)

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Date: 10/31/12 1:30 PM

Hello and welcome. There are many machines that would fit your criteria! You would want to narrow the possibilities down a bit. What is your budget range? Do you already know how to sew, or will you be wanting to learn that as well (probably from the dealer)? How important is buying from a dealer to you; and if it ranks high, what dealers do you have in your area? Do you want a machine that is mechanical (can be extremely sturdy depending on make/model but will have limited number of stitches available, and "bells and whistles" in general); or computerized (all the bells and whistles, plenty of fancy and decorative stitches)? Will you want to sew only on your machine, or will you want it to be able to embroider as well?

And by chance, have you happened to see the sewing machine wizard here on PR that might help in narrowing down machine choice? (In the menu to the left, look under Sewing Machines at "Sewing Machine Central." Click that, and right up top, the first sentence prompts you to click on the "sewing machine wizard" if you'd like.)

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Date: 10/31/12 3:40 PM

Don't forget to check out the lengthy, chock-full-of-nfo thread at the top of this section:
Are you a beginner looking for a machine?
-- Edited on 10/31/12 3:40 PM --

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Date: 10/31/12 4:21 PM

Make a list of the type of sewing you will be doing. Include buttonholes as well as blind hem stitching and the budget.

Visit as many sewing machine dealers as you can find in your area. Grandma would love to babysit while you shop.

Tell the dealers what you are looking for (wish list). Let them show you want is available within your budget.

Ask for a demo and then a test drive. Don't forget those buttonholes and blind hems.

Take notes, then a break and mull over the experiences. Go back to the dealer that you liked the best and make your purchase.

This has always worked for me. In my case, the most disgusting dealer was a Bernina dealer. The least helpful was a Husqvarna dealer. The best was a Baby lock/Pfaff/Elna dealer.

Your experience may differ. This is why no one can, and should not tell you what to buy.

Best wishes for a successful shopping trip.

One last note - learn the machine before tackling any projects. Again, from my experience the best and fastest way to do this is to open the manual and sit down at the machine. Read and apply until you have gone cover to cover doing each step of every feature of the machine. No skipping or going only by pictures.

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Date: 10/31/12 6:02 PM

Welcome! You say that you are getting back to sewing (congratulations on the new baby!) Since you have some experience with a sewing machine, have you thought about the features you want and the amount you want to spend? Reviews on here can help you-you can search by $$ and features. There are great machines in every price range. You can get an idea about what you might like by going to some dealers and trying out machines. Dealers have machines in all price ranges too. Shopping for a new machine can be somewhat daunting but also alot of fun. Also, check out reviews for patterns too. Sewing for children is so much fun and there are alot of great patterns!

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